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Say Brother; Distortions of Black Life; Racial stereotyping in 19th Century trade cards

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04/29/1977

An excerpt from a Program focuses on historical materials that illustrate the systematic degradation of African Americans in the United States. Host Barbara Barrow talks to Brenda Verner, a historian and media specialist who offers a socio-historical analysis of print materials (such as greeting cards and trade cards) dating from the post-Civil War period as a starting point for identifying the origins of racist attitudes and myths related to the African American community. Program features slides of relevant trade cards and early 20th century black and white photographs that dispute those cards' content. Produced by Barbara Barrow. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Distortions of Black Life
Program Number

724

Title

Racial stereotyping in 19th Century trade cards

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program focuses on historical materials that illustrate the systematic degradation of African Americans in the United States. Host Barbara Barrow talks to Brenda Verner, a historian and media specialist who offers a socio-historical analysis of print materials (such as greeting cards and trade cards) dating from the post-Civil War period as a starting point for identifying the origins of racist attitudes and myths related to the African American community. Program features slides of relevant trade cards and early 20th century black and white photographs that dispute those cards' content.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Advertising cards
African Americans--Social conditions
Civil rights
African Americans in advertising
Segregation
African Americans in popular culture
Verner, Brenda J.
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Contributors
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Sullivan, John (Assistant Stage Manager)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Smith, Lee (Lighting Assistant)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Distortions of Black Life; Racial stereotyping in 19th Century trade cards,” 04/29/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 7, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EB41FC5243BB4C07A515DAB6051D70AE.
MLA: “Say Brother; Distortions of Black Life; Racial stereotyping in 19th Century trade cards.” 04/29/1977. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 7, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EB41FC5243BB4C07A515DAB6051D70AE>.
APA: Say Brother; Distortions of Black Life; Racial stereotyping in 19th Century trade cards. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EB41FC5243BB4C07A515DAB6051D70AE
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